Focus On: Specialty Certification

Page reviewed and updated: February 28, 2024

Certification in one’s specialty is no longer just something that’s “nice to have.” While not a requirement for practice, more and more employers are seeking out nurses who exhibit a commitment to excellence in their area of practice through specialty certification. This is especially true for those hospitals which are seeking Magnet Recognition® and need to meet eligibility standards. Explore the resources below to learn more about the value of specialty certification and begin your certification journey. 

Nursing Certification Boards By Specialty

Explore available nursing specialty certifications with this comprehensive guide, including contact information for each certification board. 

Lippincott NursingCenter’s Certification Reviews 

Our nursing certification reviews are self-paced, online courses including questions related to each specialty that are mapped to certification test blueprints. Find your nursing specialty and get started today!


Certification Articles & Blog Posts

Why Aren't More Nurses Certified?
Lippincott NursingCenter, March 2024

Lifelong Learning and Nursing Certification
Lippincott NursingCenter, March 2024

Updated Magnet® Certification Requirements
JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration, January 2024.

Quick Guide to Studying for Certification Exams
Lippincott NursingCenter, August 2023

CE Advanced Certification in Nursing Professional Development: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, July/August 2023

Novice to Expert: Pathways to Nurse Educator Certification
Nursing Education Perspectives, May/June2023

Certification: A Designation that Matters!
Lippincott NursingCenter, March 2023

Readiness Tests: A Strategy to Boost Certification Success
JONA: Journal of Nursing Administration, December 2022

Pathway to Becoming a Progressive Care Certified Nurse
AJN, American Journal of Nursing, October 2022

CE Results From the Perceived Value of Certification Tool-12 Survey: Analysis of the Perceived Value of Certification Among Stroke and Neuroscience Nurses
Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, October 2022

A Day in the Life of a Certified Maternal–Newborn Nurse
Home Healthcare Now, September/October 2022. 

The Value of Certification
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, July/August 2022


More Specialty Certification Resources